New Law Toughens Requirements Around Impact Fee Reporting
October 31, 2018
SB 1202 is a bill that increases transparency around how agencies spend impact fees collected from developers. Under the bill, any agency that fails to report its impact fee spending can face an independent audit at the agency’s own expense.
Big Sur’s Palo Colorado Road Repair: Streamlining Approval, Improving Lives, and Improving the Environment
September 18, 2018
Learn how Harris & Associates assisted Monterey County Public Works with project management, streamlined environmental permitting, surveying, geotechnical assessment, preliminary design, community outreach, and final PS&E for Big Sur's Palo Colorado Road Repair.
How to Tap Into California’s New Housing Incentives
May 07, 2018
Read how of the 15 housing bills designed in large part to incentivize affordable housing projects, address two of the biggest challenges for agencies and developers alike: funding and cumbersome review processes. This post details SB540, AB73 and SB3.
What Agencies and Developers Need to Know About California’s New Affordable Housing Bills
November 01, 2017
Responding to what he and many experts have deemed a housing crisis, Governor Brown recently signed 15 bills aimed at stimulating affordable housing development in the most efficient ways possible. These laws have major implications for municipalities and developers alike.
Bridges Over Troubled Waters in Big Sur: Palo Colorado Road Repair Project
September 26, 2017
Harris helps with the emergency repair of Monterey County’s Palo Colorado Road after fire and heavy rains led to the creeks blowing out part of the road and cutting off more than 60 homes from the outside world.
Active Transportation Program (ATP) Augmentation Funding: How to Get First Money from SB1
August 08, 2017
Learn about new guidelines for the Active Transportation Program (ATP), which receives $100 million per year in new funding via SB1. This means $200 million in new money is now available for projects in fiscal years 2017-18 and 2018-19
California's Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB1): Make Sure Your Agency is Ready to Capture Funding
June 29, 2017
With new transportation funding on the way from the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB1), learn what the next steps are for your agency in order to get ready to capture the first funds available.
Pavement Management Program (Part 2): Utilizing StreetSaver® for Simpler, Smarter Decisions
June 14, 2017
Discover how MTC's StreetSaver® pavement management program (PMP) software gives agencies granular details and reports about their pavement assets so decision makers can make empowered judgements about how to manage them.
Water Rate Design: A Better Path to Cost Recovery
June 08, 2017
For many water utilities, a larger portion of revenue recovery has historically been accomplished through its variable pricing component, and yet from a cost of service standpoint water utilities typically incur a higher level of fixed costs compared to costs that vary with water usage.
Pavement Management Programs (Part 1): Why "Worst First" Isn't Always Best for your Asset Management
June 06, 2017
Often agencies want to address what seems to be their most pressing pavement issues first because their budget won’t cover every need. However, we often find counterintuitive results that can help them squeeze 30% more value from their budgets. Learn how using a pavement management program to make data-driven decisions can generate better results and save money over the long term.
The Rains are Finally Letting Up, But How's Your Jobsite's Trenching and Shoring Holding Up?
May 03, 2017
Review best practices for soils, trenching and shoring safety on the construction site. Even experienced construction crews benefit from periodic reminders of how to protect life, property and mitigate these types of risks around trenches
Effective Management Keeps Carlsbad Water Recycling Project Moving Swiftly
December 06, 2016
How can a city feel confident about a large design-build project when it has less control over the process? When Harris' Gary Beach is on the project to represent the City’s interests and ensure the details of every day’s work deliver on DB’s potential.
Case In Point: Learn How to Protect Your Next Assessment
July 27, 2016
Public finance expert Dennis Anderson discusses the recent case of Sacramento Taxpayers Association, et al., v. County of Sacramento, et al., in which the Superior Court of California (County of Sacramento) overturned a property owner-approved special assessment created by the Carmichael Recreation and Park District. Dennis highlights valuable lessons for all public agencies considering similar assessments.
Cool Under Pressure: Learn Best Practices for HDPE Fusion Welding
February 02, 2016
This post previews the upcoming whitepaper and NASTT No-Dig Show presentation of Harris trenchless technology experts Kyle Carbert and Vern Phillips on best practices for HDPE welding in high pressure applications.
Washington's New Gas Tax (Part 3): Is There Light at the End of Our Infrastructure Tunnel?
January 13, 2016
In Director Sam Yaghmaie's grand finale of his Washington Gas Tax series he discusses how we can use technology, innovations, and different planning strategies to ensure a more sustainable and effective transportation system.
Washington's New Gas Tax (Part 2): The Wrong Transportation Priorities
January 04, 2016
We should be proud that Washington State is among the first eight states to approve a recurring revenue package in the interest of improving transportation infrastructure with critical funding needs. Unfortunately, the priorities are backward in the $16 billion Connecting Washington Transportation Package.
Construction Management, Program Management and Project Management: What's the Difference?
December 02, 2015
Vice President of CM Christopher Dunne discusses the nuances between construction management, program management and project management and why a better understanding of these roles leads to success.
Public Works Profiles: Q&A with Public Works Director Donald T. Wilcox
October 28, 2015
At Harris & Associates, we know that our clients work within an ever-changing landscape. To understand the challenges at hand, we go straight to the source.Recently, we sat down with Donald Wilcox, Public Works Director for the City of Soledad, California.
Beyond Complex: How to Keep Up with Changing ADA Regulations
August 31, 2015
As standards and regulations of the ADA continuously evolve, how can public agencies reduce confusion, keep connected and stay "in the know" about the ever-changing accessibility laws pertaining to facilities within the public right-of-way?
It's Time for Architects and Construction Managers and Owners to Get Serious about Collaboration
August 24, 2015
It’s time for a new era of collaboration. For the good of their projects and their clients, architects and CMs need to—and can—come together as willing partners. Creating formalized relationships at the pre-construction phase, even the pre-design phase, will generate better results for all involved.
Washington’s New Gas Tax (Part 1): Is This the Answer for Infrastructure?
August 11, 2015
In June 2015, the Washington State Legislature approved a historic $16+ billion Connecting Washington Transportation Package to fund transportation infrastructure and services projects. While we definitely need infrastructure and funding, I must ask: Will we spend this money wisely?
Stormwater Phase II Small MS4 Permit Requirements: How Public Agencies Can Navigate the Complex and Changing Development Process
August 03, 2015
Under the latest California State Water Resources Control Board regulations, development projects must implement a Low Impact Development (LID) approach.
Our New Design Challenge: Tomorrow's Engineers
July 27, 2015
It's clear to me that we're going to need a new kind of engineer to deal with what's coming; the stereotypical one of the past just doesn’t have everything in the pocket protector to address these issues. But what are we to do? Here are some answers.
Small Spaces, Huge Implications: The Chu Hall Challenge
July 13, 2015
Scientific research facilities like Lawrence Berkeley National Labs' Chu Hall often have highly challenging construction environments. Read more about Chu Hall's unique building circumstances and how we were able to address them.
What are EIFDs, and Are They the Answer to Your Infrastructure and Economic Development Challenges?
June 29, 2015
Are you finding it difficult to find funding to pay for critical infrastructure projects? With the passing of SB 626 in September 2014, EIFDs are a new government entity which allow for infrastructure to be funded by tax increment revenue.
One Solution to California's Water Worries: Innovative Purification and Reuse
June 08, 2015
Imagine a land with consistent population growth, endless sunshine and limited water resources…dream no more, this is the reality for California. Learn about how the Advanced Water Purification Demonstration plant at the Padre Dam Municipal Water District aims to address the state's water woes.